John August – Managing Expectations

Date: Jun 25, 2011

“Big Fish” screenwriter John August talks about: Screenwriters control everything on the page — what characters do and say, which way the plot twists — but they can’t control what readers expect. Readers (and filmgoers) arrive with preconceptions of the genre, of the characters, of What Should Happen Next. Can smart screenwriters anticipate these expectations? How can they use this knowledge to their benefit, saving pages and plotlines?

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